10 months agoLiverpool legend Nicol: FSG to blame for FA Cup exit

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Nicol: FSG to blame for FA Cup exitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Steve Nicol has slammed the club’s owners over their FA Cup exit at Wolves on Monday night.With Liverpool suffering Champions League, Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup Final defeats since FSG bought the club in 2010, it leaves the 2012 League Cup as both the Reds’ last trophy and only silverware of the American group’s Anfield stewardship.Nicol told ESPN FC: “For the big teams, particularly in England, it’s about the Premier League and Champions League.“Let’s not forget, that Kenny Dalglish got the sack after winning silverware at Liverpool, and losing the FA Cup final. So, work that one out.“So the owners want the Premier League and the Champions League clearly.“If Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want to sacrifice anybody in order to win the Premier League or the Champions League then he’s going to do what he did the other night and play what, three first team [players]?”Nicol accused his former side of disregarding the competition as they suffered their fourth-successive third or fourth round exit under Klopp.“Well, yes, because of the era I played in – yes I do (have a problem with domestic cups not being taken seriously).“All the other trophies meant something, the Carabao Cup used to mean a lot.“The FA Cup was absolutely huge, it for me was basically the player’s tournament.“But times have changed, and now it’s about Premier League and Champions League.” last_img read more

Double Standard? Andrew Harrison’s Comment Was Stupid, But It Wasn’t Racist

first_imgSaturday night, after Kentucky lost its first and only game of the 2014-2015 college basketball season, sophomore guard Andrew Harrison made a big mistake at his team’s post-game press conference, uttering a very NSFW phrase while his microphone was turned on. Harrison, who is facing criticism for the transgression, has since apologized.If you missed it, Harrison, after listening to his teammate Karl-Anthony Towns get asked about Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky, muttered “f*** that n****” to himself. Undoubtedly, it was stupid. But it was not racist. And there is no double standard going on here.For some reason, a number of college basketball fans are making the argument that if the situation had been reversed, and it had been Kaminsky uttering those words to himself, he’d be labeled a racist. Any by that logic, because Harrison isn’t being labeled as a racist, and because he isn’t likely to face any serious punishment, there is a double standard going on here.We’re not making this up. There are hundreds, if not thousands of tweets about it.If Andrew Harrison was white, we’d have a national catastrophe on our hands. Talk about a double standard— Alex Petik (@MuskyMaster5033) April 5, 2015Such a double standard with race I hate it. Andrew Harrison says what he says and it doesn’t get blown up but if it was other way around…— Tyler Boyle (@theeroyalboyle) April 5, 2015If Frank K had said the EXACT same thing about Andrew Harrison, think it would’ve been swept under the rug? What a double standard!— Dtrain41 (@DaneHenderson1) April 5, 2015If Andrew Harrison isn’t kicked out of school it’s a double standard @KentuckyMBB— Lara McGlynn (@lalalaLaraxo) April 5, 2015Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 12.20.00 PMObviously, if Kaminsky, a white man, had called Harrison, an African American, the n-word, he’d have been (rightfully) labeled a racist. There’s no doubt there. But comparing this to the Oklahoma SAE issue is absolutely insane.Where’s the disconnect here? Whether or not you agree with it, many African Americans refer to each other using the n-word. It’s part of the hip-hop culture. It’s part of the locker room culture. Heck, even ESPN’s Michael Wilbon admits that he and his friends use the word to “endearingly” refer to each other. To be clear, there was nothing endearing about what Harrison said about Kaminsky. But in the context of the situation, if Harrison had said “F*** that dude”, he’d be essentially saying the same thing.Harrison acted like a sore loser, and again, he should never have said what he said. But there is no double standard here. Just stop.last_img read more

Utah Fan Tries To Make Fun Of Cal’s Academics, Makes Grammatical Error

first_imgUtah fan makes fun of Cal saying "if Marshawn Lynch can get into Cal than anyone can".marshawn lynch cal utah fan spelling errorESPN’s College GameDay is at Utah this week, and Utes fans have come up with some pretty clever signs ahead of their big Pac-12 contest against Cal Saturday night. The one you’ll see below is not one of them.A Utah fan, attempting to make fun of Cal’s academics and question former running back Marshawn Lynch’s intelligence, made a grammatical error. Check it out:SIGN RULE NO. 1: If you’re going to make fun of the other school’s academics, check your grammar. pic.twitter.com/sz8SBEVqOx— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 10, 2015Marshawn knows the difference between “than” and “then” #gameday pic.twitter.com/qhDoZMinx6— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) October 10, 2015For the record, Cal is also one of the best public schools in the country. Major fail all around here.last_img read more

Michigans first lady names Rep Cox to assist with initiative to prevent

first_img29May Michigan’s first lady names Rep. Cox to assist with initiative to prevent campus rape Categories: Cox News State Rep. Laura Cox has been named by Michigan first lady Sue Snyder to help develop methods to end sexual assault on college campuses.The Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault initiative was formed by Snyder in an effort to research ways to uniformly work with victims. The program intends to end campus sexual assaults by changing the culture that leads authorities to dismiss allegations, encouraging victims to report the crime, and developing uniform punishments for offenders.“This issue has affected us on a nationwide level, and I’m extremely happy to see that Michigan is taking the initiative to be the first to take action,” said Rep. Cox, R-Livonia. “We have a chance to change the way our fellow citizens view this issue, and I will do everything in my power to encourage victims to be fearless in reporting the horrible acts committed against them.”Snyder also named three other Michigan lawmakers—state Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker and Rebekah Warren and state Rep. Marilyn Lane—to assist with the initiative.“I’m excited to collaborate with my colleagues and discuss all of the alternative methods in which we can finally provide assurance to the victims that their situations will not go unnoticed or ignored ever again,” Rep. Cox said. “My heart goes out to all of those who have been assaulted and feel they have few options in seeking help. Together, we can ensure that attackers are brought to justice.”The initiative is the first of its kind on a statewide level.###last_img read more

Rep Mueller votes for lower car insurance rates for Michigan drivers

first_img Categories: Mueller News,News 09May Rep. Mueller votes for lower car insurance rates for Michigan drivers State Rep. Mike Mueller today cast a historic and vital vote to bring lower car insurance prices to residents and families in Genesee and Oakland counties, joining House legislators in approving a bipartisan plan to reform Michigan’s broken no-fault system.The House plan guarantees lower rates for all drivers in Michigan, reducing what currently is the highest average car insurance premium in the nation. The bill also gives drivers a choice on car insurance policies, stops price gouging on medical services for car accident victims and combats fraudulent claims to help lower costs.“I’ve talked to a lot of people across the district and lowering the out-of-control nature of car insurance rates is a popular issue they want remedied,” said Mueller, of Linden. “I’ve taken that to heart and worked in my first five months in Lansing to bring this demanded rate relief to Michigan drivers. Having worked as a sheriff’s deputy for 19 years, people driving without insurance is a real issue. The extraordinary cost for car insurance is a big factor in that and I hope this fix lessens the financial burdens residents are facing.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The House plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – all while providing more affordable options with a mandatory rate reduction.The sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

The Modern Times Group has launched its online ent

first_imgThe Modern Times Group has launched its online entertainment channel Gossip in Norway.The video-based site will have local celebrity news as well as covering Hollywood stars, TV shows and movies.MTG said it has, via its TV channels, acquired a large amount of Hollywood-skewed video content for the site, which will be edited by Raymond Henriksen.Danish and Swedish equivalents have already launched.As the Norwegian site launched, MTG cited the findings of a survey among users of TV3Play, the streaming and catch-up service run by MTG-owned broadcaster TV3, that shoed 17% of users did not have a TV and went online to watch entertainment shows.“The digital services are very important to reach younger viewers and who do not have access to linear television in their household,” said MTG Norway digital director Jørn Korbi. “With gossip.no we want to reinforce the provision of relevant content especially for girls aged 15-29.”last_img read more

Sales of virtual and augmented reality headsets an

first_imgSales of virtual and augmented reality headsets and glasses will decline year-on-year in 2018 before returning to growth in 2019, according to a new forecast by CCS Insight.The research firm said that there is still “significant work” to be done to improve the user experience, software platforms and content availability of VR and AR, despite early enthusiasm for the technology.CCS Insight expects that slightly less than 8 million AR and VR devices will be sold in 2018, down from 10 million in 2017. However, it projects sales will grow to 14 million in 2019 and reach 52 million in 2022, with the technology still holding significant long-term potential.“We continue to believe that content is the key to unlocking adoption of VR,” said CCS Insight’s chief of research, Ben Wood. “Although some games companies and adult content creators have embraced VR technology, much more needs to happen to persuade consumers that VR devices are a must-have item.”The research report notes that smartphone VR headsets sales have “collapsed” but claims that standalone devices like the Oculus Go hold great promise, as they overcome the inconvenience of being attached to a PC, smartphone or games console.CCS Insight expects standalone devices to be “the key driver” of VR adoption in the next few years. Its forecast shows demand will grow more than 16-fold between 2018 and 2022 when 29 million standalone VR headsets are expected to be sold.By comparison, it predicts five million tethered VR headsets will be sold in 2019, growing to 18 million in 2022, driven by dedicated gamers who want a ‘best-in-class’ experience. CCS doesn’t expect cumulative sales of AR devices to exceed one million worldwide before 2021.“The first wave of [VR] consumers used basic cardboard viewers, which helped them understand the potential of the media, but the limited experience meant most people quickly lost interest. We don’t even include such devices in our forecast anymore,” said Wood. “We expect the next wave of adoption to come from dedicated devices that offer a more compelling, wire-free experience.”Discussing AR he added: “We are seeing a rising number of companies committing to deployments of tens or hundreds of augmented reality glasses as they start to see the clear benefits of head-worn technology in the workplace. Despite this gathering momentum we still think it will take time for the AR device market to grow.”last_img read more

Amazon Resisting Efforts to Reveal Gender Pay Differences

first_img March 18, 2016 –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 3 min read Income Inequality The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Reuters Amazon Resisting Efforts to Reveal Gender Pay Differencescenter_img Amazon.com Inc. should allow shareholders to vote on a proposal on gender pay equality, the U.S. securities regulator decided this week in rejecting the retailer’s request to omit the measure from its annual ballot.Arjuna Capital, the activist arm of investment firm Baldwin Brothers Inc., said it submitted the proposal to Amazon and eight other technology companies, including eBay Inc. and Intel Corp.Only Amazon sought permission from the Securities and Exchange Commission to omit the proposal, Arjuna said.Arjuna called for an October deadline for Amazon to report the difference between males’ and females’ pay and its plans to close the gap, according to a filing on the SEC’s website.While such proposals generally face long odds, just getting one on the ballot of a high-profile company like Amazon can be a catalyst for change.In a ruling on Tuesday, the SEC said it did not agree with Amazon that the proposal was “so inherently vague or indefinite” that it would impede implementation.Amazon, which estimates that as of July women made up 39 percent of its global workforce and 24 percent of managers, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it would include the proposal on its ballot.”We’re committed to fairly and equitably compensating all our employees, and we review all employee compensation on at least an annual basis to ensure that it meets that bar,” Amazon said in an emailed statement.Amazon added that it was already working with organizations such as Code.org, the Anita Borg Institute and Girls Who Code to increase women’s and minorities’ involvement in the technology industry.The SEC ruling comes as technology companies face scrutiny over diversity and compensation equity issues.”It’s not simply a social justice issue,” said Natasha Lamb, director of shareholder engagement at Arjuna. “It’s an issue that affects performance, affects the company’s ability to attract and retain top talent.”Lamb said Arjuna withdrew proposals at Apple Inc and Intel after they took action on the issue. Intel, for example, earmarked $300 million for diversity and said it found its male and female employees were equally paid.EBay shareholders rejected Arjuna’s first proposal on gender pay equity last year after the board opposed it. Arjuna said it resubmitted the proposal at eBay this year and expanded its effort to a total of nine companies.EBay declined to comment.(Editing by Stephen R. Trousdale and Lisa Von Ahn) Add to Queue Image credit: Shutterstock Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters Apply Now »last_img read more

Hey Idiots Arlington National Cemetery Wants You to Stop Playing Pokémon Go

first_img July 15, 2016 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Sometimes you wish that cell towers would just stop working for a while…As Pokémon Go fever captures the hearts, minds and data plans of the nation, the following tweet was sent out from the Arlington National Cemetery’s official account:We do not consider playing “Pokemon Go” to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC. We ask all visitors to refrain from such activity.— Arlington Cemetery (@ArlingtonNatl) July 12, 2016Just to recap, Arlington National Cemetery is where 400,000 veterans, including over 300 Medal of Honor recipients, have been laid to rest after serving our country. It is the place where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stands, dedicated to service members who died without having their remains identified, and is the site of The Eternal Flame, which marks the grave of assassinated President John F. Kennedy. So knowing all of that, if Arlington National Cemetery still seems like a suitable place to play a child’s game on your phone, might we suggest you also run off and play it in an area with more cliffs?Related: The 5 Most Ridiculous Pokémon Go Stories of the Week  –shares Next Article Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img 1 min read Image credit: John Greim | Getty Images Hey Idiots, Arlington National Cemetery Wants You to Stop Playing Pokémon Go on the Tombs of Fallen Veterans Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Pokémon Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

New TDWI Research Report Explores the Challenges and Benefits of Cloud Data

first_imgNew TDWI Research Report Explores the Challenges and Benefits of Cloud Data Management PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 1:47 pmJune 11, 2019 Report Helps Enterprises Navigate the Complexity of Cloud and Hybrid Data Environments to Maximize the Success of Their Cloud Data Management EffortsTDWI Research has released its newest Best Practices Report, Cloud Data Management: Integrating and Processing Data in Modern Cloud and Hybrid Environments. This original, survey-based report looks at the many dimensions of cloud data management (CDM) so data professionals and their business counterparts can understand the benefits of CDM and how they can organize a successful program.The author of the report, Philip Russom, Ph.D., is senior director of TDWI Research for data management. He explains that technical users are lured to the cloud because of its speed, scale, elasticity, and low level of maintenance; business people are drawn to its agility, low cost, and ability to support new data-driven business practices. Cloud data management is about managing old and new data in hybrid data architectures that span on-premises and cloud systems so enterprises have data they can trust, govern, and leverage for business value with the latest in business analytics and data-driven operational innovations.Marketing Technology News: Vidyard Expands Offering to Bring Personalized Video App to Any Sales Professional, No Matter How They WorkCDM involves working with database management systems, data integration tools, related platforms, and the numerous best practices users perform with them. Modernizing this complex environment — especially consolidating traditional enterprise data and modern big data using on-premises and cloud-based tools and platforms — is challenging in part because clouds are making data more heavily distributed than it has ever been. For example, the report identifies key barriers to successful CDM, including issues in governance, data migration, data quality, and tool maturity.Marketing Technology News: AdQuick.com Releases Campaign Genius, so Marketers can Plan and Optimize Out of Home (OOH) Advertising Campaigns in MinutesThe report examines the many dimensions of CDM (which is also known as cloud data warehousing, data-as-a-service, and hybrid data management), explores who owns and maintains CDM projects, and looks at how enterprises are currently addressing CDM issues.Marketing Technology News: Agency Veteran Joao Machado Joins as Sabio’s SVP of Product Marketing Cloud and Hybrid Environmentscloud data managementData ManagementMarketing TechnologyNewsTDWI Research Previous ArticleBidtellect’s Answer for Growing Advertiser Demand is Major Infrastructure Environment OverhaulNext ArticleSelligent Marketing Cloud to Showcase Collaboration with Genesys at Xperience19last_img read more

New class of sleeping pill preserves ability to wake in response to

first_img Source:http://www.frontiersin.org/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 11 2019In a trial of one of the main class of prescription sleeping pills, half the participants slept through a fire alarm as loud as someone vacuuming next to their bed. But a newer alternative preserves the ability to wake in response to danger signals, according to a new research.Published this week in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, the study showed that mice given the experimental hypnotic drug DORA-22 wake as quickly when threatened as drug-free sleepers – and then fall back asleep as quickly as ones given standard sleeping pills, once the threat is gone.Common sleeping pills muffle your sleeping brain’s ‘intruder alert’Even during sleep the brain continuously processes sensory information, waking us if it detects a threat. But the most widely prescribed class of sleeping pills, known as benzodiazepines, makes us less likely to rouse in response to sensory input.”Benzodiazepines stimulate the widespread brain receptor GABA-A, which makes us sleepy but also suppresses off-target brain areas – including the ‘gatekeeper’ that decides which sensory inputs to process,” explains study senior author Professor Tomoyuki Kuwaki of Kagoshima University, Japan.Over the last decade, researchers have been developing a new class of hypnotic drugs called dual orexin receptor antagonists (DORAs). DORAs more selectively target the brain’s sleep/wake pathways, which gives them safety advantages over benzodiazepines. These include a reduced ‘hangover effect’, with DORAs less likely to affect driving ability the day after use.Kuwaki and colleagues hypothesized that the selectivity of DORAs could make them a safer alternative during sleep as well – by allowing the brain’s sensory gatekeeper to stay vigilant to threats.DORA-22 allows mice to wake to a threat, but still helps them sleepThe group tested their theory in mice.The mice were dosed and tested after dark, when they are normally most active. One group was administered DORA-22, another a benzodiazepine called triazolam – and a third group was given placebo as a control.”DORA-22 and triazolam had similar sleep promoting effects, extending the duration of deep sleep by 30-40% compared to placebo,” reports Kuwaki.Related StoriesSleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costsSleep makes synapses ready for new learningSleep quality could be indicator for later Alzheimer’s disease finds studyOne to four hours after dosing, the deep-sleeping mice were presented with a threatening stimulus: the smell of a fox, a high-pitched noise like a dog whistle, or trembling of their cage. The trembling frequency was designed to match that of an earthquake – a serious threat in Kuwaki’s native Japan and many other parts of the word.”As expected, arousal in response to these threatening stimuli was delayed significantly in the triazolam treatment, but not in the DORA-22 treatment, compared to placebo.Even more promising, the sleep-promoting effect of DORA-22 remained after the rude awakening.”Even though the DORA-22-treated mice were quickly woken by a threat, they subsequently fell back asleep as quickly as with triazolam, and significantly faster than with placebo.”To help demonstrate that the delay in waking to a threat during triazolam treatment was due specifically to inhibition of sensory gating in the brain, the researchers also tested the sleeping mice with a non-sensory stimulus.”The three groups woke equally quickly when we suddenly reduced the amount of oxygen in their cage. This suggests that the delay in rousing to threatening stimuli caused by triazolam was not caused by a general inhibition of waking systems in the brain.”Human studies are needed to confirm DORA safety and efficacy”Although it remains to be seen whether DORAs have the same properties when used in humans, our study provides important and promising insight into the safety of these hypnotics.”Since 2014, another DORA called surovexant has gained regulatory approval in Japan, the USA and Australia. So far, the high cost and limited clinical testing of surovexant have limited its use, amid concerns that doses high enough to significantly improve sleep lead to drowsiness the following day. New DORAs currently in development could overcome this hangover effect if they are cleared more quickly from the body than suvorexant, so that their effects are less likely to last beyond bedtime. Keep your eyes peeled.last_img read more

Study finds substantial volume overload in kidney failure patients initiating peritoneal dialysis

first_imgWe intended to associate practices of peritoneal dialysis use of hypertonic exchanges, use of automated peritoneal dialysis vs. continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, use of icodextrin, and use of diuretics with technique failure. Our main finding is that the association between technique failure and fluid overload is dependent upon center size and thus presumably experience within the treating center.”Wim Van Biesen, MD, PhD, University Hospital Ghent, Belgium Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 24 2019A new study published in CJASN found substantial volume overload, or too much fluid in the body, in patients with kidney failure who initiated peritoneal dialysis. Volume overload tended to improve over time after starting dialysis, but was at all times was higher in males vs. females and in patients with diabetes vs. those without. The study also revealed variations in practice of care across different geographic regions. This variation was associated with differences in degree of volume overload.Individuals with kidney failure who are undergoing hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis often experience fluid overload. To examine the implications of this condition, Wim Van Biesen, MD, PhD (University Hospital Ghent, in Belgium) and his colleagues designed a study to assess patients’ health and fluid volume over time after initiating peritoneal dialysis. It’s thought that actively managing volume overload may reduce the risk of technique failure (transfer from peritoneal dialysis to hemodialysis) and prolong patient survival.In the study of 1,054 patients from 28 countries who were examined every 3 months, volume overload before the start of dialysis amounted to an average of 1.9 L and decreased to 1.2 L during the first year. After 3 years of follow-up, the average relative volume overload in patients was lower than at the start in participants from all regions except those of Latin American, where it increased. The investigators concluded that volume overload is already present before the start of dialysis, and it tends to improve over the first 6 months and stabilize afterwards.At all time points, males and participants with diabetes were at a higher risk of experiencing volume overload. Also, volume overload was associated with a higher risk of premature death. The study revealed different treatment practices to address volume overload across dialysis centers and regions. Related StoriesResearchers identify trends in use of transcatheter dialysis conduit procedures over 15 yearsRapid fluid removal from patients with failing kidneys linked to increased risk of deathOne-fifth of U.S. surgeons still ‘overusing’ riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study findsIn an accompanying Patient Voice editorial, Shari Gilford shared her experience of peritoneal dialysis, both ambulatory and automated, for 7 years. She also questioned why patients in Latin America had a different outcome than those from other regions.”If there are factors other than dialysate type, dialysate concentrate, or diet which make it more difficult for patients to control their volume overload, patients need to be made aware of this,” she wrote. “Based on my own experience [in hot vs. cold seasons], I wonder if the year-round hotter climate of Latin America, as opposed to most other regions in the study which have cold seasons, could have been a factor for fluid overload leading to increased mortality. Continued study of this variable might improve outcomes for peritoneal dialysis patients who live in warmer climes.”Source:American Society of NephrologyJournal reference:Biesen, W.V. et al. (2019) Evolution Over Time of Volume Status and PD-Related Practice Patterns in an Incident Peritoneal Dialysis Cohort. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. doi.org/10.2215/CJN.11590918.last_img read more

UK parliament asks Zuckerberg to testify in data misuse case

UK seeking warrant to access Cambridge Analytica servers (Update) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: UK parliament asks Zuckerberg to testify in data misuse case (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-uk-parliament-zuckerberg-testify-misuse.html A British parliamentary committee on Tuesday summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions on fake news as authorities step up efforts to determine whether data has been improperly used to influence elections. Explore further The request comes amid reports that a U.K.-based company allegedly used Facebook data to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. The company, Cambridge Analytica, has been accused of improperly using information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts. It denies wrongdoing.The chairman of the U.K. parliamentary media committee, Damian Collins, said Tuesday that his group has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data and that Facebook officials “have been misleading to the committee.””It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process,” Collins wrote in a note addressed directly to Zuckerberg. “Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to ‘fixing’ Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you.”The request to appear comes as Britain’s information commissioner said she was using all her legal powers to investigate the social media giant and Cambridge Analytica over the alleged misuse of data.Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. She has also asked Facebook to cease in its efforts to pursue its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use.”Our advice to Facebook is to back away and let us go in and do our work,” she said.Cambridge Analytica said it is committed to helping the U.K. investigation. However, Denham gave the firm a deadline to produce the information she requested—and it failed to meet it, her office said.Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that the data provisions act requires platforms like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.Chris Wylie, who once worked for Cambridge Analytica, was quoted as saying the company used the data to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories.The firm found itself in further allegations of wrongdoing. Britain’s Channel 4 used an undercover investigation to record Cambridge Analytica’s chief executive, Alexander Nix, saying that the company could use unorthodox methods to wage successful political campaigns for clients.He said the company could “send some girls” around to a rival candidate’s house, suggesting that girls from Ukraine are beautiful and effective in this role.He also said the company could “offer a large amount of money” to a rival candidate and have the whole exchange recorded so it could be posted on the internet to show that the candidate was corrupt.Nix says in a statement on the company’s website that he deeply regrets his role in the meeting and has apologized to staff.”I am aware how this looks, but it is simply not the case,” he said. “I must emphatically state that Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called ‘honeytraps’, and nor does it use untrue material for any purposes.”Nix told the BBC the Channel 4 sting was “intended to embarrass us”.”We see this as a co-ordinated attack by the media that’s been going on for very, very many months in order to damage the company that had some involvement with the election of Donald Trump,” he said.The data harvesting used by Cambridge Analytica has also triggered calls for further investigation from the European Union, as well as federal and state officials in the United States. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Hands off my data Making your devices border safe

first_img Culture 18h ago Of Nostalgia And Emotional Ties To Stuff Related News Tech News 10 Jul 2019 Marriott faces US$124mil fine from UK for data hacking Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Tech News 08 Jul 2019 TM to offer Unifi Air with unlimited data at RM79, according to leaked slide (Updated) The Electronic Frontier Foundation has some guidelines for anyone worried about having their devices seized during border controls. — dpa These days, you hear more and more reports of travellers being asked to unlock their smartphone and hand it over to officials at borders and airports for inspection. It’s even been reported that the Chinese government installs a surveillance app on visitors’ smartphones.How you want to prepare for such a situation depends entirely on your own risk assessment, says the civil rights organisation Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).Factors you should consider include your travel history and the sensitivity of your data. The EFF offers some tips if you do decide to take precautions:- Back up your data: Before the trip, back up all data on smartphones, tablets or notebooks that you’re bringing along. This will protect against total data loss if a device is seized. – Buy a travel phone: This way, you can use a device with little or no sensitive data for the duration of the trip.- Delete or outsource data: If you are travelling with your regular device, you should delete as much data on it as possible, from emails to documents to your browser history. Alternatively, you can store your data, preferably encrypted, in a cloud service.- Data hiding is no use: There are apps that can be used to hide documents and pictures on smartphones, and notebook hard drives can be set up with hidden partitions. However, border guards know about these methods.- Don’t use biometric access locks: Fingerprint, eye and face scanners are convenient but less secure than strong passwords.- Encrypt: The EFF advises full-disk encryption of your devices. For iPhones, this is done automatically via the password. For Android devices you have to enable it in the settings. Both Windows and Mac laptops also have built-in encryption programs.- Switch off: Turn off your devices before you reach the border or control point – this may prevent high-tech attacks.- No unusual precautions: These can make border guards suspicious, warns the EFF. For example, someone who takes a new or visibly unused phone out of their pocket while keeping their regular device hidden is likely to attract attention and so be even more thoroughly investigated.- After the border check: If you believe that after the check your devices are being spied on, you should change all your passwords. If you suspect spyware has been installed, you should reset your mobile device to its factory settings or reformat your notebook. – dpalast_img read more